The Horseshoe Review

The Copeland PTO Newsletter - December 6, 2019

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Your PTO & Fundraiser Dollars at work! The new playground equipment has been ordered!

President’s Corner By Amanda Ball

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Our first general PTO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 17th at 6:15pm in the cafeteria. We will have a quick business meeting followed by a performance by the Copeland 5th grade choir. Mark your calendars now to join us.

Be sure to mark down December 20th also, this is the day of Copeland’s 27th annual Giving Tree sing along and Holiday parties. You will be receiving an email from your HRC with ways you can help with your child’s party.

And don’t forget Spirit Cart on December 13th.

Thanks to the numerous volunteers at Copeland. The services you provide are invaluable and very much appreciated! If you have any questions/concerns/ideas regarding PTO, please feel free to contact me at


Copeland PTO Facebook - @CopelandElementaryPTO

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Remind App Copeland PTO Volunteers – Text @2868g4 to 81010

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Congratulations JANINE ZENER Our December Volunteer of the Month!

Thank you, Janine, for all the hours you put in at Copeland. You are AMAZING! It's people like you that make Copeland the best school our kids can be at. Enjoy your RESERVED parking spot upfront! This is our way of thanking you for everything you do at Copeland Elementary.

Who will it be next month??? Log your hours now. If you need to know how, see the bottom of this newsletter for step by step directions on how to use Raptor, our volunteer hour recording system for CyFair ISD.

Volunteer Shout Out to Colonial Day Station Leaders & Volunteers

Our 5th Graders experienced colonial America on Friday, November 22nd and what a day it was! The children and adults came in their colonial day wear and looked fantastic! They experienced many aspects of colonial life from hands-on candle making, to quilting, penmanship with feather quills, a spinning demonstration, colonial food, making homemade butter, hat making, colonial children's games and were entertained by a short film about Ben Franklin.

The children enjoyed it immensely and we couldn't have done it without...

Janine Zener

Holly Green

Donna Schulze

Mollie Murray

Sarah Nelson

Kelly Rittenhouse

Wendy Medrano

Lisa Durham

...for taking on leadership roles, preparing and leading the children through their stations. These volunteer station chairpersons put in hours and hours of work before the big day!

To Tracy Reynolds, our Colonial Day chairman, and Amanda Ball, our PTO president for supervising and keeping everything coordinated.

A special thanks to the numerous volunteers who gave of their time to help work each station!

A big thank you to our amazing 5th grade teachers who are the real experts on this Colonial Day event. Thanks for answering our numerous questions, making the schedule and all your wonderful suggestions. We have a great school and great volunteers.

Volunteer Shout Out to the Science helpers for 1st Grade

1st graders were presented the Eggs & Nest SRC demo this week. These demos wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of Andrea Packer, our SRC Coordinator, or the volunteers who train and present the demos. Thank you for all you do for Copeland.

Volunteer Shout Out to 5th grade Miracle on 34th Street Play and Lunch Volunteers

This week the 5th grade class enjoyed going to see the play, Miracle on 34th Street, then came back to Copeland to enjoy a catered lunch. Thank you to Penelope Miller and all the volunteers who decorated the cafeteria and helped serve food to our students. The day would not have been as special as it was for them without all your support.

Spirit Night Dec 10

Spirit Night Dec 18

Volunteer Opportunities by Deepa Ozarkar

We are still in need of a Homeroom Coordinator for Mrs. Tanguay’s 5th grade class. If you are interested in volunteering to be HRC, even if your child is not in this class, please email The VIPS Coordinator will get you connected with your class.

Throughout the year, HRCs will keep you informed of class parties, school events, volunteer opportunities and much more. If you haven’t received any emails from your HRC, please ask your child's teacher for your HRC’s contact information and reach out to the HRC to ensure she has your correct email address.

Give A Little Piece of Texas Away for Christmas to Family Far Away or Near

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***New dates have been added for SRC Demo Trainings in January! Plan ahead - click the link for your grade level to sign up for a training event.***

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Upload your photos for the Copeland 2019-2020 Yearbook

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Continue your holiday shopping...

Help us get FREE MONEY for Our Kids!!!!

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Birthday Marquee

Support your Copeland PTO and wish your Copeland Colt a HAPPY BIRTHDAY by featuring them on the Copeland Elementary Marquee the week of their birthday.

It's Simple and Easy...

- Choose the week you want to feature your Copeland Colt

- Complete the Birthday Marquee Form

- Submit the $20 Birthday Marquee Fee

- Watch the look on their face when they see their name

Spots are limited to 5 listings per week. You must submit the form and payment by noon on the Friday prior to the week selected. So sign up your Copeland Colt TODAY!

Does your student have a summer birthday or is the week of their birthday already filled up? You can choose any week that is still available.

Due to processing, payments must be made online or by cash to guarantee your spot on the birthday marquee. If you are paying by cash; complete this online form, choose the "pay later" option then submit the payment within two business days to the school, either to the front office or send it in with your student.

P.E. Twitter Page Fun

Check out our Twitter page @CopelandPE3 for P.E. fun photos.

Log your Volunteer Hours to get more money for our school!

Working for our kids as a volunteer is both rewarding and important. Please log your volunteer hours in our Raptor Portal. The more volunteer hours we log the more money we get from the state.

CFISD has provided an online program to make it easier on volunteers to log and track their

volunteer hours. This program is called Raptor, which is part of the V-Soft security software

that helps keep our schools safe.

Copeland does not have logbooks in the front office to record your hours. So, in order to

log your hours, you will need to establish a raptor account. This is quite easy and will allow

you to log your hours at home.

The steps to register online are as follows:

1. Go to or click on the "New to Raptor" button below.

2. Complete this form in its entirety and submit (you must have an email address to do this)

3. You will receive an email from with your account information and password.

4. Once you receive the email use the button below to log in to your account.

5. Add this website to your favorites (this is where you will log hours)

6. Log in with email and password

7. Select campus

8. Select the tabs you will need

This program will be used to determine volunteer of the month and reporting our total volunteer hours to the district, enabling them to apply for various grants and programs.

Log Volunteer Hours Here

If you are a returning volunteer and have a login, use this link to sign in and log your hours.

New to Raptor Volunteer Portal?

Click here to create your account if you have never used Raptor to log volunteer hours

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